It’s not out until next month, but stop what you’re doing and listen, there a new Russ Chimes reMix in town. This time the man has turned his considerable talents to the forthcoming new single from London based songstress Laura Welsh, Cold Front. And you know we love a new Russ Chimes reMix, so lets dive in.
This one is turning up just as the British weather is looking like it’s actually becoming summer, which is spot on timing. Whist keeping things pretty deep, Chimes’ mix is optimistic and euphoric, without being in any way cheesy. It’s just a feel good House track with a deep groove. Welsh’s vocals are a sultry dream over the smooth club sounds. You can tell this is one of those tunes that, when it drops, the dancefloor seems to become one, unified in moving to the beat and the bass. Can’t wait to hear this in a club.
Check out the latest reMix from Mr. Russ Chimes. I think out love for this guys music is pretty well documented by now, so we’ll shut up about it this time. Josh Kumra is an artist who’s new to us, but seems to have been building some serious hype in the past few months, especially around the release of his début album, Russ has delivered a reMix of his track, The Answer, which is out now.
We had a quick listen to the original, it seemed pretty stand public-school-boy-acoustic-Pop which is so prevalent in the UK right now, but Chime’s turns that right on it’s head, grabbing vocal snatches of the original and weaving them into an mysterious, evolving House tune that’s as energetic as it is compelling. One of the things we dig about Chimes’ music is the little flourishes and fills that litter his tunes, and this one if no exception, it’s coursing House groove is peppered with rolls, dips and tape stops, giving each section an added excitement. Layer all this with a big Rave lead and you’ve got a powerful dancefloor juggernaut.
Out on Deconstruction soon is the new one from Mr. Russ Chimes. A new Chimes record sis, as you’ll know if you’re a long-time reader, is something we get pretty excited about ‘round these parts. I hate to use the phrase ‘flawless career’, but Daytona and before with stuff on his MySpace, he’s not released a duff track yet. Of course, I’ve just gone and jinxed it now. My bad.
The jinx doesn’t take effect just yet though, as Chimes’ latest tune, Turn Me Out, is a big House monster that, once again, proves why he’s the top of his game. It’s a track that nicely bridges the new Housemeister Russ Chimes with the old Dreamwave guru Russ Chimes, as a big diva vocal hook and warehouse bass play together with sparking arpeggios and atmospheric strings. Complimented with a nice, deep, northern, Synth bass and a hint of Tropical vibes, Turn Me Out has a little something for everyone on the dancefloor. Which is probably why Russ first made it to DJ with. I wonder if Chimes turned his attention to Heave Metal, if he would be better than everyone else at that too?
♫ Russ Chimes – Turn Me Out
Russ Chimes’ Turn Me Out is forthcoming on DeConstruction.
Our relationship with HURTS is a bit strained right now. As you know we’ve been supporting them right from the beginning of their career, before that even with Daggers. To us they were the prefect modern SynthPop act, preforming big epic, dramatic, electronic Pop songs with a strange tongue-in-cheek artiness. It was all very Berlin, but with a cheeky British wink too. Easily one of our favourites. then the new single Miracle dropped, and we got worried. A Coldplay-esque stadium rock track with a focus-group-Goth video did not bode well. Then we saw them live last week, and experienced much of the new album, and out fears were not put to rest. Swinging between epic AOR and 90s industrial Rock, gone was Theo’s cheeky deadpan delivery, to be replaced by pogoing, high kicks (really!), instrument smashing and screaming at the crowd to “come on!”. It’s was a rock show, by-the-numbers. they were absolutely amazing, fantastic light show, charismatic, musically pitch perfect, energetic. We’re just not sure it’s a direction we can get on board with. Good luck to them though.
Luckily, our love affair with the music of Mr. Russ Chime is still going strong, and even more luckily he’s taken the aforementioned Miracle and whipped up a deep, resonant House track from Miracle’s bare bones. Chimes latches on to the raw emotion of the song and lets that feed his music. Playing around with a punchy House bassline and some haunting wood-block sounds, Chimes drops and builds in just the right places, and when he kicks back in, he does it with a full, richness you you’ll be unable to resist grooving to. Finally, we like Miracle!
Russ Chimes – Expressway Mixtape Part 5 = Mr Chimes is finally back with the next instalment of his Expressway mixtapes. No longer just the domain of retro ElectroPop, Dreamwave and Disco, Chimes works a little House into the journey. The whole thing is the best hour long party you’ve been to in a long time!
The sounds of London based ElelectroPopper Bastille are making some serious waves, majestic and dramatic, yet pretty introspective they are the perfect fit for this post-TEED world. However, things get really interesting when you add a little of Russ Chimes in the mix.
Flaws is Bastille’s signature tune, and it’s about to get re-released complete with reMix package. Headlining this is Mr. Chimes with a full-on Chicago House created from that dense production styles that we love about him so much. Rather than frantically throwing out whatever track they can knock together, every week, like most producers seem to have been bullied into doing these days, Chime’s tracks are few and far between. But you can see why, each tune is a labour of love, and obviously something that he has taken an immense amount of time and care over. The production alone, with so much going on, yet everything having room to breathe, must have taken ages. Let along the composition itself, a hyper House workout with an infectious bassline hook and complex intertwining melodies. just the right snatches of Bastille’s vocal have been used to give the track an anthemic quality. this one will be packing dancefloors for months to come.
It was back in May that we featured a radio rip of Russ Chimes’ forthcoming new single, Back 2 You, when it was given a first play on Pete Tong’s Radio 1 show. We were as excited by it back then as we are now. Moreso now as the single has a release date, and we can now check out the song proper.
Long-time readers will know that Mr. Chimes is a bit of a goldenboy round these parts. He’s walked home (figuratively, of course) with a few electronic rumors end of year awards over the years and so far, in our eyes, has yet to do wrong. And with the release of Back 2 You, that line is unbroken. Constantly moving and evolving his sound, Back 2 You sees Russ delivering a big House track with an underlying Disco groove. A pulsating Chicago style bassline underpins the track, creating a core for Russ’ trademark densely layered production to lay out big stabs, an anthemic vocal sample, those big drum fills we love Russ for and even some ChipTune riffage. Sounds like a lot? Well, Chimes fits everything into place with an effortless talent for big tunes. Last time we visited this track we commented “This is how you make dance music.” Seriously, this is how you make dance music.
♫ Russ Chimes – Back 2 You
Russ Chimes’ Back 2 You is released 30th July as a Beatport exclusive.
Producer extraordinaire Russ Chimes’ new track débuted on Pete Tong’s show last week, and we completely missed it! If you’re a long time reader of the site you’ll know how much we dig Mr. Chimes’ work, to the point where he has won numerous end of year awards. We have been awaiting eagerly his new single. So, yeah, here it is.
And it doesn’t disappoint. ‘Back 2 You’ sums up what we love about Russ’ music. He never sticks with the same sound, having made his name with big Disco tracks before branching out into more Rave oriented tunes and now gearing up for the release of this Disco tinged House track, but always carries his complex production and rich musicality into whatever he does. ‘Back 2 You’ rides on a hammering bassline, punching it’s way through the mix and providing a dancefloor trance for a whole host of elements to play over. Vocal snatches, big synth stabs, crazy percussion, even a bit of 8-bit madness are all in the mix and Russ juggles every peice of the puzzle with ease. This is how you make dance music.